Midday with Dan Rodricks

Monday-Friday, Noon-2 pm

Midday is WYPR's daily public affairs program heard from noon-2pm, Monday-Friday.  Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, topics range from the latest news, to local and national politics, to social, medical and cultural trends, featuring the best new books and most engaging authors, newsmakers and guests.

To call in during the show, dial 410-662-8780 locally, or call toll-free at 1-866-661-9309.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Fri. Apr.10, 2015 12-1 PM
9:05 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Midday Friday

The Emporiyum is a two-day food festival for restaurants, gourmet vendors, and breweries from our region.

We take a look interesting stories, people and ideas from the Baltimore region and throughout the state. Plus, we get the Midday Business Report from the Baltimore Business Journal's Kevin Litten; hear about The Emporiyum, an upcoming food festival in Harbor East; and enjoy a musical performance by guitarist Todd Bauchspies.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 12-1 PM
9:05 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Inside Sandtown-Winchester

A look at an experiment in urban renewal -- the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore. What happened to the big plans to reclaim and renew West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood? Twenty-five years and millions of dollars later, James Rouse's dream of a revitalized city neighborhood remains unfinished and, by one measure, the effort appears to be an abject failure: A report from the Justice Policy Institute found that Sandtown-Winchester had the highest rate of incarceration of any census tract in Maryland.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Thu. Apr. 9, 2015 1-2 PM
9:05 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Midday on Culture with Sheri Parks

Midday culture commentator Sheri Parks takes on three subjects, starting with the power of citizen-captured video to document the use of force by police officers -- demonstrated most recently in the South Carolina shooting death of an unarmed black man. Sheri will also talk about poverty's effects on children and American life, and the backlash against so-called religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Wed. Apr. 8, 2015 1-2 PM
9:05 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Words On Screen

E-readers, tablets, and smart phones -- every day, millions of people read using their handheld devices. But how does this affect our critical thinking and our attention spans? In her book, “Words Onscreen,” Naomi Baron, professor of linguistics at American University, argues that the benefits of reading on-the-go are equally matched by the drawbacks. We’ll take a look at how our reading habits are changing and hear her predictions on the future of reading.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Wed. Apr. 8, 2015 12-1 PM
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Ben Cardin's Consumption Tax

A week ahead of April 15 tax-filing deadline, our panel discusses Senator Cardin's proposal to create a "consumption tax" while lowering business taxes and scrapping income taxes completely for lower- and middle-income Americans. Our panel: Michael Reisch, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; Ken Solow, founding partner of Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., the private wealth management firm based in Columbia, MD.; and Barbara Morgan, senior lecturer and undergraduate economics adviser at Johns Hopkins University.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Apr. 7, 2015 1-2 PM
9:05 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Midday on Health

Pediatrician Paul Offit has devoted his career to children's health, promoting vaccination to ward off childhood diseases and blaming the anti-vaccine movement for outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and mumps across the country. Dr. Offit is professor of vaccinology and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He joins Dr. John Cmar, infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, for a discussion of how some parents' personal beliefs undermine modern medicine.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Apr. 7, 2015 12-1 PM
9:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

The Science of Self Control

How do we control our tempers, exercise patience, or embrace delayed gratification? From quitting smoking to watching what we eat to focusing in school, a look at what happens in our brains when we practice self-control. Guests: Dr. Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins; Dr. Harry Brandt, co-director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt; Ali Smith, co-director and executive director of Holistic Life Foundation.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. Apr. 6, 2015 1-2 PM
9:51 am
Mon April 6, 2015

The Making of Musical Icons

Bruce Springsteen is one of seven musical acts Carnegie Mellon University professor examines in his new book, "Rock Star."

"All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars," writes David Shumway in his new book, "The Making of Musical Icons: From Elvis to Springsteen." Shumway, an English professor and American culture critic at Carnegie Mellon, explains the longevity and success of some of the most popular and prolific rock stars. Original airdate: 11/11/14.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. Apr. 6, 2015 12-1 PM
9:46 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Keeping Up With Under Armour

With $3 billion in revenue in 2014 and a deeper push into the world of fitness technology, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company is positioned for even more growth. A look at Under-Armour's market position, strategy and embrace of "digital fitness." Original air date: 2/10/15

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 3, 1-2 PM
11:43 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Midday on Film - Marlon Brando

Today would have been the 91st birthday of the late Hollywood legend. Midday on Film contributors Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed survey the Oscar-winning actor’s legacy, from 1951’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” to 1972’s “The Godfather.”

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